Charter Schools and PSPs in the IE

Charter schools and PSPs are two of the four options for legal homeschooling in California. For more info on the other two types of homeschooling in CA go here.

The main differences between a charter and a PSP

Charter schools:

  • Public schools funded by the government and your student is considered a public school student.
  • Depending on the school they may offer educational funds which can be used to pay for curriculum and activities or they may provide a pre-determined curriculum for free.
  • Many charter schools honor parent choice for methods and curriculum including the use of religious materials as long as those materials are not turned in as work samples and charter funds are not used to purchase them.
  • Most charter schools require meetings with an assigned credentialed teacher (commonly called ES- Education Specialist or EF- Education Facilitator) every 20 school days, work samples several times per year and standardized testing.
  • Many charter schools provide field trips, park days, graduation ceremonies, dances, student classes, parent training, resource libraries, etc.

Private Satellite Programs:

  • PSPs are private umbrella schools and your student is considered a private school student
  • PSPs charge tuition fees paid by families and provide varying degrees of record keeping services for attendance, testing, curriculum choice, etc.
  • PSPs provide varying levels of service depending on the school and tuition amount and may include park days, field trips, meetings, testing, classes, sports programs, yearbooks, etc.
Below is a list of some of the Charter School and Private School Satellite Programs available to families living in the IE.

* Please note that this list may not be current or complete. I am a busy mom and only update this site about once or twice a year.
If you would like your charter or PSP added to this list please contact me at Thank you for your understanding. :)

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Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter Two great independent study options are offered at the Academy of Arts & Sciences: Home Study and Online. Our vision is to create a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for life-long learning, and prepare scholars to take responsibility for their future success. Academy of Arts & Sciences’s Home Study option provides $2700 of instructional funds for TK-8 and $3000 for high school. Credentialed Educational Facilitators (EFs), field trips, subscription package and diagnostic testing is provided to support the scholar’s academic growth. Core Values: Achievement, Communication, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork. Please contact us at for more information. 
Agnus Dei Christian School  PSP Agnus Dei Christian School is an affordable Private School Satellite Program (PSP) partnering with Christian families who want to homeschool their children; helping to make their homeschool experience successful. ADCS's administrators are veteran home school educators with over 12 years experience. They believe that as parents, we are called to educate our children with Christ-centered values, morals, and wisdom; equipping them to serve the church and impact the world for Jesus. Agnus Dei provides & maintains a Private School Affidavit, storage & maintenance of cumulative files, High School transcripts, letters of reference, concurrent enrollment signatures, work permits, driver's ed, school pictures & IDs, a school directory & networking information for social, academic, and athletic programs available to the homeschool community. ADCS also provides a High School Graduation Program that is open to all Inland Empire private Christian homeschoolers, both individual families and PSPs alike. Agnus Dei is a member of CHEA and HSLDA. 
Allegiant Christian School  PSP Allegiant Christian School is a private school satellite program providing the freedom to homeschool your students as the Lord directs your family with the support of structured school services such as: private school affidavit, course of study and report cards, student cum files, high school transcripts, diploma and full graduation ceremony, school pictures and id cards, driver's education and training, work permits, a yearbook, monthly newsletter, school t-shirts and sweatshirts, lending library, legislative info and updates, helping hands and HSLDA discount. Our fellowship activities include field trips, choir and theater, youth and family social events, a sports program, teen connection, lions and lambs, park days and 100 mile club. At Allegiant Christian School, our goal is to support the whole family and bring Christian homeschooling families together. 
Alloii Academy PSP Based in Yucaipa. We are filling a need for an umbrella school in California. Our goal is to provide you with quality online services that will help with academic record keeping in accordance with California legal requirements while supporting you to home school your child/children in the way that works best for your family.  
By His Grace Christian Academy  PSP We provide record keeping services, park days, field trips, fun school wide activities, parent led co-ops as well as junior high and high school level classes. We also offer parental support through monthly mom meetings and several parent special events throughout the year.  
California Impact Academy Charter California Impact Academy is an Individualized Study Program offering families with free tuition, curriculum at no cost and enrichment to shape your child's learning year into an exciting venture with fulfilling experiences. We welcome all K-12th grade students in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Imperial, and Kern Counties. 
California Virtual Academy  Charter The California Virtual Academies use the K¹² curriculum to offer California students in grades K-12 an exceptional learning experience. With individualized learning approaches, the California Virtual Academies and K¹² provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond.  
Calvary Chapel Christian Academy, Murrieta  PSP Because of our affiliation with Calvary Chapel Christian Schools our enrolled students can: * Take band, choir, and/or drama from 4th grade and up.* * Take up to two classes at the school from 7th grade and up (based on availability).* * Be involved in sports from 7th grade and up.* * Access to CCCS Elementary/High School Libraries *Extra fees involved in these opportunities. 
Calvary Christian Academy  PSP Private school affidavit filing Student cumulative file maintenance - K - 12th grade Curriculum guidance High school diplomas and transcripts Grad Night at Disneyland HSLDA group membership discount Lending Library Resource List Monthly Field Trips Mom's Night Out Monthly Park Days Holiday Celebrations Fall Welcome Family Potluck The Meeting Place - Online Forum Roots and Shoots Nature Study and Book Club 
CARE Academy Learning Center  PSP Based in Temecula. We specialize in teaching and providing support for K-12 students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or autism; or emotional conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. Many of our students are typical learners too. We have a special interest in preparing 6-12 grade students for college and for parents interested in ensuring their children are prepared at the highest level.Our teachers are experienced at all levels and fully credentialed. We are one of the only learning centers/PSP's around who can provide direct instruction for the advanced math and science courses such as Algebra II + and Chemistry +. We also provide advanced comprehensive (conversation and literature) foreign language instruction including French, German, and Spanish. We prepare students for CAHSEE, AP exams, and SAT. We provide paperwork assistance, guidance, and high quality instruction for homeschool families. 
Cedar Life Academy  PSP Cedar Life Academy is a nonsectarian Private School Satellite Program (PSP) that provides California families who wish to home-educate their children with paperwork assistance and homeschool mentoring. 
Christian Heritage School  PSP PSP; sports program available 
Classical Academy  Charter We are Escondido's premier charter elementary school. Operating since 1999, we "partner with parents" in their mission to educate their children. Our program spans Kindergarten through 8th grade and we offer optional weekly workshops and Friday enrichment labs for students. At The Classical Academy we seek to create "Thinkers, Communicators, and Achievers", Kindergarten through 8th grade.  
Classical Academy High School Charter The mission of Classical Academy High School is to partner with parents in preparing 9th-12th grade students in a Personalized Learning environment that encourages competent, life-long learners ready for college, career, and citizenship. 
Community Home Education Program  Charter Orange County Department of Education's home independent study program, servicing and supporting parents who wish to teach their Kindergarten through 8th grade children at home. We provide this alternative public education to families who live in and adjacent to Orange County. As a public school, services and curriculum are free to participating families. 
Connections Academy  Charter The Connections Academy program is a rapidly growing form of free public school that students in grades K–12 attend outside the walls of a traditional classroom. 
Cornerstone Christian School  PSP The philosophy behind Cornerstone’s Private Satellite Program is to provide home schooling families the umbrella of a registered Private school within the state of California; that gives more freedom and protection for the education of their first grade through twelfth grade children, while alleviating the conflict that those two interests pose from time to time.  
Country Christian Homeschool  PSP Country Christian School is able to ease the burden for parents with a flexibility that is hard to find in most ISP's (Independent Study Programs). We keep on file only what is legally required by the State of California and we do this as inexpensively as possible. Our goal is to aid the parent, not hinder them. 
Crossroads Christian School  PSP New PSP for Fall '09; will offer classes and access to school activities 
Dehesa Charter School Charter funds for students; classes in Riverside; learning styles emphasized 
Epic Charter School Charter Epic Charter School combines the convenience of online learning with the support of one-on-one instruction from a California certified teacher. This blended learning model allows students and families to set their own pace with the guidance and instruction from an Epic Charter Schools teacher who meets with them face-to-face as needed. 
Excel Academy Charter  Servicing students TK-12 throughout 8 Southern California counties. Promotes parent and student choice with flexible curriculum options taught from home or with approved service vendors in various locations. Tuition Free: offering the highest instructional funds; TK-8 students receive $2,100 and students in grades 9-12 receive$2,700 yearly. Instructional funds can be used to support curriculum choices among our over 400 approved material and service vendors Click here for the Approved Vendor List: ​ Parents design, guide and teach their children at home along with the support of an Education Specialist. We have many exciting field trips, educational panels, park days and other community events planned for this upcoming school year. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call 949.387-7822 or email Parent support at 
Excellence In Education Academy  PSP EIE ACADEMY is a private school devoted entirely to homeschoolers. With many years of homeschooling behind us, we offer our help and expertise to younger families. Our goal is to make homeschooling "user friendly" by reducing the paperwork and the hassles to a minimum. 
Excelsior Charter Schools  Charter Independent Study for 7th-12th Grades- Serving Norco, Corona, Eastvale and surrounding communities. 951-547-7540 
Gorman Learning Center  Charter Gorman Learning Center provides an alternative to traditional school. The flexibility and individuality of independent study allows GLC students to flourish. From the student who struggles in a classroom environment to the student whose life or career has high time demands, kids need education to work for them. And their families are looking for -- and have finally found -- a WASC accredited school that delivers on that promise. 
Grace and Glory Academy  PSP Grace and Glory Academy is a new Private School Satellite Program (PSP) which exists to partner with families who are committed to instructing their children at home. Any Bible-believing family who is interested in or actively engaged in private home education, may apply for membership, regardless of your church affiliation.  
Grace Christian School of Temecula Valley PSP Grace Christian School PSP offers the following services and support for Christian homeschooling families: Record-keeping and maintenance of student cumulative records Accountability and paperwork due dates Ongoing support and guidance Curriculum counseling and lesson plan assistance No monthly meetings required Grace staff available to meet with you on Mondays and Thursdays at Grace class locations Appointments also available at other times Fellowship opportunities with other homeschooling families, both those that are part of the PSP and our homeschool classes Field trips & other group activities School pictures Monthly email newsletter High school 4-year plan College and career counseling and guidance Provide community service opportunities Achievement testing availability K, 6th & 8th promotion recognition High school graduation High school ASB opportunities and leadership development 
Grace Prep School  PSP PSP located in Nuevo, Ca in the Inland Empire, Riverside County in particular. We serve the areas of Nuevo, Perris, Murrietta, Menifee, and Moreno Valley.We offer parent training, curriculum counseling, classes, field trips, park days and other services. Grace Prep School 30750 Montgomery Ave. Nuevo Cal, 92567 951-928-5017 
Greater San Diego Academy  Charter If you've considered a homeschool program for your child - We can help. Greater San Diego Academy offers homeschool programs for Grades K-12 in San Diego County and Southern California.  
iLead Exploration Charter Most charters match you based on geography, iLEAD will match you based on style; you will have many chances to meet your local EFs (teachers) to see which one is the best fit for you. We want you to adore your EF. Funding amounts are $1800 for TK-8 and $2400 for High School. Optional learning centers in OC and LA for the 2015/2016 school year, exact locations to be announced. Optional field trip opportunities. There will be a subscription package for iLEAD Exploration families it will include BrainPop, Enchanted Learning and more. We are on the hunt for other great options to include as well. So feel free to share with us any others your kids’ love! Monday Message that goes out to all families with fun info and ideas. For questions please contact: 
Inspire Charter Students receive free curriculum and $1,000 for electives. If a student chooses one of Inspire's specialty partner schools, then the funding value exceeds $2,000 for blended learning between academics and the specialty focus. The funds are paid directly to the site-based provider, i.e. performing arts, STEAM/maker, etc. There are curriculum options for the blended speciality schools, or choose between K12, Compass Learning Odyssey or Odyssey Ware for K-8 and Apex or Odyssey Ware for high school. Inspire is WASC accredited. Contact Discovery of Learning Homeschool Center, GEE, Celebration Education, and Creative Learning Place for special programs with Inspire. 
Ivywood Academy  PSP It is our hope that we can lighten your home education responsibilities by providing administrative assistance in keeping student records. We require a minimal amount of paper work, have minimal rules to follow, have reasonably priced, all inclusive tuition and give you the freedom to educate your children your way. 
Julian Charter School Charter Legally bound to hold students accountable to the California State Content Standards, Julian Charter Independent Study Teachers, at the beginning and end of each semester, check the student’s progress against a list of appropriate content standards. This process includes parents and students as partners in the educational process and in the academic expectations of the school and of the State of California. 
Millenial Heritage Academy PSP The Millennial Heritage Academy PSP allows homeschool families to fulfill the state compulsory education laws while simultaneously maintaining their freedom to choose their own curricula and educate in the manner desired by their individual family. 
Mojave River Academy Charter Serving K-12 students throughout Southern California, Mojave River Academy meets students’ needs on a one-on-one basis ensuring academic success! Mojave River Academy is able to meet the needs of a variety of students with both a traditional independent study program and an online curriculum. We provide flexible scheduling that allows students to work where and when is best for them. We currently have resource centers in Adelanto, Bakersfield, Barstow, Beaumont, Colton, Ontario, Oro Grande, Palm Springs, Tehachapi, and Victorville. 
Morningstar Academy PSP  We have a required Statement of Faith and also require enrollment with Home School Legal Defense Association (fees are separate) Fees for the 2015-16 academic year are as follows: Registration/Interview: $30 per family (non-refundable) Registration (per child): K-8 $50 High School $100 (non-refundable) Tuition is $30 per month per family (10 months - August - May) We offer: CUM Record maintenance with full State compliance SAT testing (additional fees) Dad’s Breakfasts (pot luck style) Curriculum Advisement High School Transcripts Work Permits High School advisement and college application assistance Used Curriculum and clothing swap School Pictures (tentative) (separate fees) Field Trips (tentative) (separate fees) Introduction to Homeschooling Classes Mom’s Nights Out (pot luck style) We have a heart for home educating families and we are very available to answer questions and provide assistance. We are very flexible and work with a variety of family teaching and learning styles. We do not require college prep and we will work with non-traditional educational philosophies. Contact Information: Cindy Brisendine 951-551-1658 (M-Sat. 8 am - 8 pm) 
National University Academy (formerly Mountain Peak) Charter Funding $1300/year for K-8, $1400/year for 9-12; 8 field trips per year. Resource Center in Vista; T/TH classes in Tustin. For more info contact Jennifer Carrete: 
Options For Youth Charter Options For Youth (OFY) is a FREE non-profit public charter school, serving students grades 7-12 who have fallen behind in school, are looking to get ahead and graduate early, or simply desire a non-traditional learning environment. 
Oxford Preparatory Academy/Chino Valley Charter The Independent Study (IS) Program at Oxford Preparatory Academy (OPA) is an alternative education program. It is designed to assist parents who prefer to educate their children at home and facilitate their children’s continuing education. 
Parkview Independent Study Charter Placentia/ Yorba Linda school district. no funding, however provides curriculum found in local public schools; weekly enrichment classes; Resource Lending Library. Theater program. 
Pivot Charter School Charter Pivot Charter School, Riverside utilizes a standards-based online curriculum that students can access 24 hours a day combined with onsite support and classes to provide an innovative high quality education. We incorporate an online curriculum with California-credentialed online teachers and California-credentialed on-site teachers working side by side with students as they are engaged in their courses. This allows a student’s educational program to be individualized to their needs enabling them to successfully complete their requirements, graduate on time, and move into the next stages of either career or college life. The curriculum is completely online, so students can receive individual support from online and on-site teachers, participate in classes, and work at a pace that is commensurate with their abilities. 
RAI Online Charter School Charter WASC accredited online school providing Kindergarten through twelfth grade students with the home school education that they deserve! Our students take live online classes from home, on site at our administration center, from parents' offices, and from all over the world as they travel. Students learn in live virtual classrooms everyday with highly qualified, caring, credentialed teachers.  
Revival Christian Academy  PSP  Phone: (951) 672-3157 E-mail: -they are also starting a co-op this fall, similar to ICAP 
Riverbend Classical Academy  PSP Riverbend Academy Private School Satellite Program (RBA-PSP), exists to provide support, training, and provide accountability for Christian parent educators. Our mission is to empower parents in the education of their children based on a Biblical Worldview while providing a resource to fulfill your record keeping needs. We are here to help make your homeschooling journey enjoyable and successful! We believe that life lessons lead to a pursuit of godliness 
Riverside Virtual School  Charter Supports parental choice, while providing access to a rigorous, standards-based, college preparatory curriculum in grades 6 - 12. The unique blended learning environment experienced by RVS students also provides access to experiential school activities such as fine and performing arts programs, school-based athletics, links to institutions of higher learning, and community mentor programs. 
Sage Oak Charter Areas of Service San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Ventura, and Kern counties Student Instructional Funds K-8 $2,000 per year/student. High School $2,500 per year/student 
Santa Rosa Academy  Charter Santa Rosa Academy is a public charter school grades K-12. Established in 2005 and chartered out of the Menifee Union School District, we serve students in Riverside county with site based, home study and combination home study/on-site programs. For more information on our community visit 
Sky Mountain Charter School Charter TK-12 WASC accredited. Philosophy of maximum parent choice under the law. Highest funding per student in the state. Largest vendor list. Monthly field trips. Serving San Bernardino, Riverside, LA, Orange, Kern, and Inyo counties. Meet with ES(teacher) every 20 school days. Resource center in Redlands to borrow used curriculum for free. No learning centers.  
Springs Charter School Charter funds for students; classes in various locations; field trips; parent choice honored 
Summit Academy Charter A publicly funded charter school, serving K-12 grades, AAS ISP provides personalized learning that fosters investigation, development of skills and creativity, and lifelong curiosity and the desire learn. Enrolled students are paired with an Educational Specialist (ES) who collaborates with students and parents to ensure success in academics, setting and reaching goals, and building lasting life skills. All ESs have access to learning styles training and the LearningSuccess™ model of assessing their students’ unique dispositions, talents, modalities, and interests.  
Western Christian  PSP Western Christian Private Satellite Program is devoted to helping parents teach their own children in the safe and nurturing environment of their own home. Western Christian Schools requires students to take the standard S.A.T. test yearly and pay a low monthly fee to be a member. We provide support to the families by providing monthly field trips, "Park Days" activities where parents and children can get together, an orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year as well as a Promotion (graduation) Night for all kids at the end of the school year. 
Western Christian Academy *This program is not the same as Western Christian in Chino PSP Distance education program using Alpha Omega curriculum. Partnering with homeschooling families for over 25 years, our educational specialists have been providing quality academics, assessments and professional educational consulting for thousands of students around the world. 
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